Controversial former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi has alleged that two leading Indian cricketers and a West Indian player had been bribed by an Indian real estate tycoon, who is also a bookmaker.
London-based Modi tweeted a letter he claims to have written to International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson in June 2013, passing on “some information that I have just got”. He told Richardson that he could pass the same to the anti-corruption and security unit of the ICC if he thought so fit.
Modi then went on to name the three players, who he claims were in close contact with the real estate tycoon who was also named in the letter.
Modi stated that he had been informed by “reliable sources” that the tycoon had paid in cash and kind to the three players. He concluded by saying that “I hope this is not true but if true it could mean more are involved.”
Meanwhile, it has been more than two months since the issue cropped up, but Mumbai Cricket Association officials are still in the dark about the identities of their two Ranji Trophy players, both the whistleblower and the alleged culprit, who were involved in another IPL-related corruption attempt.
“We have not got any information from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which conducts the cash-rich Indian Premier League) on this issue.
“No, we have not asked them. They must have either investigated the thing or are still pursuing the case,” MCA joint secretary Dr P.V.
Shetty said in Mumbai on Saturday.
On April 10, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur as well as Rajasthan Royals chief executive Raghu Iyer had praised the whistleblower for bringing to the BCCI Anti-Corruption and Security Unit’s notice about an alleged approach by another individual to corrupt the game.
The names of both, described as Mumbai Ranji Trophy team mates in a news report a day ahead of the statements of Thakur and Iyer, were not revealed in the press statements.
According to the report, a Mumbai-based Rajasthan Royals player was approached by his Ranji team mate, not part of the Royals’ outfit, with an offer of money if he followed a pre-decided pattern of play.
The player declined the offer and reported the incident to the ACSU which launched an investigation into the incident.
On Saturday, a news report claimed that it was Royals’ leg spinner Pravin Tambe, also a Mumbai Ranji Trophy cricketer, who was the whistleblower and had reported the approach made to him to the ACSU.
“The player, who was approached, reported the matter to his team management immediately, who in turn have reported the incident to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI. The ACU of the BCCI is currently investigating the matter to ascertain the facts.”